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3D Systems verifies NASA’s new GRX-810 super alloy on DMP

Paving the way to new and more advanced aerospace applications of additive manufacturing

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) successfully verified the properties of NASA’s groundbreaking new laser powder bed fusion super alloy, GRX-810. This revolutionary oxide dispersion-strengthened alloy, developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), demonstrates exceptional mechanical properties and resistance to extreme temperatures, making it ideal for aerospace applications.

Macro photographs of 3D print of NASA meatball – Made out of GRX-810, an oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) high temperature alloy

GRX-810 is a potential game-changer for the aerospace industry. Through its oxide dispersion strengthening mechanism it can offer an unparalleled combination of strength, ductility, creep life, and heat resistance. These properties make the alloy an ideal candidate for future use in critical components such as rocket engines, turbine blades, and exhaust nozzle components.

“The successful verification of the reported NASA GRX-810 properties is a testament to the incredible potential of this new super alloy, not only in its performance but in its capability to be produced repeatably,” said Dr. Michael Shepard, vice president, aerospace & defense segment, 3D Systems. “Our work with this material provided by NASA underscores our commitment to pushing the boundaries of additive manufacturing and enabling the production of next-generation aerospace components. We are thrilled to be part of the early stages of this exciting development and look forward to unlocking new possibilities with GRX-810.”

Working with material provided by NASA, 3D Systems has successfully processed and tested the elevated temperature mechanical properties of GRX-810 using its industry-leading Direct Metal Printing (DMP) platform. This verification of properties represents a major milestone, demonstrating the performance of the material across different equipment and processing parameters and further opening the door for the use of GRX-810 in various aerospace components that require superior performance to traditional nickel-based super alloys.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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